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28 April

Conveyancing Quality Scheme – Demonstrating compliance with the CQS Core Practice Management Standard 2022

National

The Law Society recently announced the launch of the new CQS Core Practice Management Standard which will be become compulsory for CQS accredited practice to follow from 1st May 2022.

In addition, the highly anticipated date for the formal commencement of onsite CQS Assessments was also announced as taking place from 1st May 2022 with firms being advised to be ‘assessment ready’ from this date.

This live session presented by CQS Lead Assessor Tracy Thompson will look in detail at the key requirements of the 2022 Core Practice Management Standard (CPMS) and what firms will need to have in place to demonstrate compliance with the 40 individual requirements.

27 April

SDLT Calculations: Remove Risk/Maximise Compliance

National

SDLT is one of the most complex taxes on the UK statute book with 49 different tax reliefs to now consider. Most law firms don’t have specialist tax advisors inhouse, so no wonder it’s now estimated that 1 in 4 SDLT submissions are miscalculated.

This 20-minute Q&A session, presented by an SDLT expert from our tax specialist partner-firm, will ask and answer many of the questions conveyancers have about the problem, the risk and most importantly the solution to ensure full compliance and correct SDLT calculations first time.

14 March

Conveyancing Quality Scheme – Demonstrating compliance and surviving the assessment

National

Changes to the CQS standard from May 2019 has seen the introduction of both Desk Based Assessments and Onsite Assessments. Practices will be selected for assessment both reactively and through random selection.

The assessment will be both technical and qualitative and will require CQS accredited firms to demonstrate compliance with the CQS scheme throughout the Conveyancing Department, including the ability to evidence the Core Practice Management Standard requirements and The Law Society Conveyancing Protocol requirements through their conduct of conveyancing files.

This webinar is specifically designed for firms who are both CQS accredited, and those firms who are currently working towards attaining accreditation.

The presenter, Tracy Thompson, who is a CQS Lead Assessor, will provide guidance on what to expect if your firm is selected for assessment in addition to gaining practical experience of how to evidence the CPMS requirements to the assessor.

22 February

NEW RISK UNCOVERED – The Danger to Conveyancers and their Clients in NOT Obtaining Optional Enquiry 4

National

Index has identified evidence and found cases where road schemes have been approved, and continue to be approved, by means of a ‘loophole’ in the question regarding the councils’ register. This loophole is leaving conveyancers wide open to complaints.

We’ll share the findings from our live, ongoing, investigation, using case studies and startling visual examples, and we’ll discuss how you can protect yourself and your client from risk.

22 February

NEW RISK UNCOVERED – The danger in not obtaining optional enquiry 4 – PLUS Understand the area and expose development risk

Midlands / West Midlands

Index has identified evidence and found cases where road schemes have been approved, and continue to be approved, by mean in the question regarding the councils’ register. This loophole is leaving conveyancers wide open to complaints. This 15 minute update will share the findings from our live, ongoing, investigation, using case studies and startling visual examples, and we’ll discuss how you can protect yourself and your client from risk. We will then pass to Paul Addison of DevAssist to look at the challenges with identifying development risk, the implications for conveyancers and look at how to adopt a best practice approach to protect both clients and solicitors.

21 February

Commercial Leases Part 5 – Turnover leases and dealing with unrepresented or insolvent tenants

National

This one-hour webinar is the last in a series of sessions examining key issues for conveyancers when dealing with commercial leasehold transactions. This webinar will examine a number of developments in commercial lease transactions.

Delegates will learn some important tips and traps when dealing with turnover leases. We will also look at tenant friendly leases and enforcement measures.

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